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Narratively (bang) out of order: On hostile environment

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    Rights statement: Published as Nini Fang, 2019, "Narratively (bang) out of order", International Review of Qualitative Research, Vol. 12 No. 4, Winter 2019; (pp. 385-393) DOI: 10.1525/irqr.2019.12.4.385. © 2019 by tInternational Institute for Qualitative Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the International Institute for Qualitative Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-393
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
Issue number4
Early online date1 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2020


This is an everyday text arisen from the critical, performative conjuncture embedded in the politically and personally troubled realities of being an immigrant in the UK under the Hostile Environment policy. It is a failed venture to orchestrate a congruous symphony amongst the discordant voices in me chiming in and out so abruptly and out of sync in the wake of anti- immigration, racist rhetoric saturating discursive strategies and policy statements that produce immigration as an issue of social epidemic. Every encounter is a bang – a disruptive, inner shock.

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  • autoethnography, hostile environment, relationality

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